Dr. Carter’s independent program of research is focused on generating knowledge to advance the state of the science in the area of infectious disease prevention; specifically, examining interventions to prevent HIV/STI transmission among rural men who have sex with other men (MSM). His research involves an interdisciplinary team of researchers from public health, gender studies, and the Kinsey Institute. Dr. Carter has an interest in behavior-based interventions and is currently working with a team of researchers at the Kinsey Institute to explore the role of advanced practice nurses in sexual risk assessment. In conjunction with the Rural Center for AIDS and STD Prevention, Dr. Carter has expanded his research to include barriers to pre-exposure prophylaxis uptake and the linkage of at-risk rural MSM into primary care.
Dr. Carter’s research focuses on designing studies to address health disparities among sexual minorities. He has expertise in designing studies to identify barriers to HIV screening, and creating community-based HIV prevention interventions. His teaching expertise focuses on community health, with specific expertise in rural health disparities.
Dr. Carter’s work in these areas, in conjunction with his professional experience as an Advanced Practice Nurse, lends itself well to developing curriculum for disparate populations in rural areas of Indiana.